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While utilizing The Project Approach as well as certain components of Creative Curriculum, our Junior Pre-K curriculum is designed to develop verbal skills, reading, writing, mathematics, phonics, environment and science. Children will use a multitude of multi-sensory experiences throughout the day.
Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment within which the developmental need of each child will be met. Readiness skills will be strengthened prior to the Kindergarten experience. We recognize the uniqueness of each child. The pace may differ from student to student, but all children will be guided to develop their thinking process to their fullest abilities. Our purpose is to enable the children to continue their enthusiasm to become self-motivated students, eager and ready to learn.
The curriculum for the Junior Pre-Kindergarten class will emphasize pre-reading, pre-math, and early handwriting skills. We are aligning our program with the New Rochelle School District and will be using the "Handwriting Without Tears" program.
Walking field trips will be on a monthly basis to various locations in the local area that are associated with the unit of study.
All aspects of the Junior Pre-K program is guided by the New York State Prekindergarten Standards for the Common Core.
Each child's self-esteem is crucial to healthy, intellectual, and social growth. Successful learning experiences, based on the child's level of readiness, develop students and help them excel. With our supportive and nurturing staff, the students experience a variety of academic and age appropriate challenges within the presented curriculum.
All of our Junior Pre-K students engage in a rich array of language experiences that introduce children to reading and writing. We have both structured and unstructured activities, and use flannel boards, puppets, dramatic play, and children's literature to develop comprehension skills, visual and auditory discrimination skills, the use of the written word, and foster a love of reading.
In our Junior Pre- K program, various manipulative materials are used to develop mathematical thinking, including counting, number and numeral recognition, and one-to-one correspondence. We use number and geometric patterning activities such as graphing and charting, games, and collections to reinforce number skills. Students develop problem-solving by practicing sorting and classifying objects in the classroom.
Our Junior Pre-K students:
Awareness and appreciation of science are developed through a focus on hands-on investigations. Students observe, predict, sequence, analyze, and apply knowledgethey have learned.
Weekday offers all of our classrooms music once a week with Miss Patti. Children learn about rhythm, keeping the beat, musical storytelling with puppets and props and will also explore difference genres of music such as classical, opera, jazz and even reggae. Each student develops a strong sense of musical self-worth. Activities include listening, singing, and physical response to the rhythm of music.
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By the end of the year, each Pre-K student should master these SOCIAL/FINE MOTOR SKILLS:
Our Junior Pre-K classrooms will be set up in centers to facilitate better socialization amongst students. Several activity centers will be dispersed around the classroom.